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Clinton Mirrors Said – African countries divided over the Israel-Palestine conflict

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Clinton Mirrors Ampaire said - African countries divided over the Israel-Palestine conflict

African countries divided over the Israel-Palestine conflict

The ongoing war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has exposed the deep divisions among African countries over their stance on the issue. While some have expressed solidarity with Palestine and condemned Israel’s attacks, others have shown support for Israel or called for peace and dialogue.

 Clinton Mirrors Ampaire  said - African countries divided over the Israel-Palestine conflict

Clinton Mirrors Ampaire said – African countries divided over the Israel-Palestine conflict


According to a tweet by West African journalist Yusuf Akinpele, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda are among the African countries that have called for a ceasefire and a peaceful resolution of the conflict. These countries have maintained diplomatic relations with Israel and have benefited from its technical assistance in various sectors, such as agriculture and security.

On the other hand, Algeria, Sudan, Tunisia, South Africa and Djibouti are some of the African countries that have openly supported Palestine and denounced Israel’s actions. These countries have historical and ideological ties with the Palestinian cause and have recognized the state of Palestine. They have also criticized the US for its unconditional backing of Israel and its recognition of Morocco’s claim over Western Sahara in exchange for Morocco’s normalization of ties with Israel.

The African Union (AU) has also been divided over granting Israel observer status to the continental body, which would give it access to some of the AU’s documents and sessions. Israel lost its observer status in 2002 when the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was transformed into the AU. Since then, Israel has been lobbying to regain its status, but has faced opposition from some AU members, especially South Africa, which has accused Israel of apartheid and human rights violations.

The AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat issued a statement on October 7, calling on the international community and the major world powers to assume their responsibilities to impose peace and guarantee the rights of the two peoples in Israel and Palestine. He also expressed his deep concern over the outbreak of hostilities and the loss of civilian lives, especially children.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the longest and most complex in the world, dating back to the early 20th century. The conflict revolves around the competing claims to the land, the status of Jerusalem, the rights of refugees, the security of borders, the settlements and the recognition of the state of Palestine. Several attempts to resolve the conflict through negotiations, mediation and peace initiatives have failed to achieve a lasting solution.

The latest escalation of violence began on October 7, when Hamas fired rockets at Israel in response to Israeli police raids and clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a holy site for both Muslims and Jews, in East Jerusalem. Israel retaliated with airstrikes and ground operations in Gaza, targeting Hamas and other militant groups. The fighting has resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries, mostly on the Palestinian side, and widespread destruction of infrastructure and buildings. The UN, the EU, the Arab League and other regional and international actors have called for an immediate end to the hostilities and a return to the negotiation table.

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